Category Archives: Probate

Does Your Will Need To Be Updated?

I will occasionally have clients who wish to probate the will of a deceased parent or spouse, only to find that the will is very old; I think about fifty years old is the oldest I’ve had. This frequently causes … Continue reading

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August is Make-A-Will Month

For many people making a will isn’t the most pleasant of tasks, and consequently, too few people do it. According to many surveys most people don’t have a will.  The biggest reason cited by many: They just never got around … Continue reading

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What the Heck Does “Per Stirpes” Mean in My Will?

An estate planning client recently called me to say he wanted the words “per stirpes” removed from his will because he “read on the Internet” that these words were old fashioned, confusing and lead to much litigation. In case you … Continue reading

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Four Key Reasons to Have a Will

The question occasionally arises at a social event when someone introduces me as an attorney who helps people with their estate planning. “I don’t really need a will, do I?” Here are some thoughts on that question. 1. Children – … Continue reading

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